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Urban Living

New apartment releases line up for their time in the sun

The AFL finals are upon us and Spring has sprung… well, not quite yet. This time of year generally does coincide with a string of apartment developments readying themselves for public launch. Whether they are looking to capitalise upon the improving Spring weather where buyers are more inclined to be out and about in the search for a new property, or seeking to secure as many sales as possible prior to the Christmas break, Urban Melbourne have...

Priority pick: The Moreland set to make its mark

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Urban Melbourne and Apartment Register present the first public opportunity for buyers to secure a prime apartment within The Moreland, a newly launched project located in the on-trend inner northern suburb of Brunswick West. Designed by local firm Peter Brown Architects, The Moreland will hold 52 dwellings with a variety of one and two bedroom apartment configurations available. Register now With ample sized apartments in mind The Moreland is...

Banco Group announce release of Smith&Co's final apartments

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Following the successful launch of Smith&Co. on Urban Melbourne during mid August, Banco Group are today announcing the final release of their exclusive top floor apartments. In a matter of months Smith&Co.'s apartments have almost sold out with Jake Eisen, Banco Group's lead sales agent for Smith&Co. stating "We are excited to announce the limited release of large 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. This top floor release by Smith &...

Smith&Co. - understanding the past in creating the future

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In designing Smith&Co. the site and Collingwood at large were taken into consideration, in order to accurately deliver a development which seamlessly blends with and complements its surrounds. “Researching and understanding the history of the site laid the foundation for Smith&Co.’s architecture and building fabric,” says Chris Manton of JAM Architects. “The heights, scale and composition along Smith&Co.’s Smith Street facade is...

Urban Development & Design

A new challenge brings a new crane to Brady's Vision Apartments

The first physical iteration of a challenge that will confront a number of Melbourne's top end builders has appeared on the Melbourne skyline. Traditionally the work of luffing cranes, a top slewing tower crane has appeared on Brady Group's Vision Apartments project directly opposite Victoria Market. With few if any top slewing tower cranes reaching such heights in Melbourne previously, the Potain unit is a direct response to Melbourne's ever...

Was the Dandenong corridor's fate sealed with the new residential zone rollout?

Comment The mainstream media have been very quick to highlight community angst at the lack of consultation on the preferred design response to the level crossing removals in the Dandenong corridor. Indeed it is best highlighted with this report that public servants were doorknocking just prior to the public announcement over the weekend. The two newspapers and Channel 7 have both given a lot of column space and air time to the community pushback...

Room for one more? 478-488 Elizabeth Street in the spotlight

Minister for Planning Richard Wynne will be required to make a call on one of the CBD's taller proposals after Melbourne City Council chose to reject the scheme. Lodged during mid 2015 prior to amended planning rules being implemented, proponents for 478-488 Elizabeth Street are seeking approval for a skyscraper that hopes to slot in between two of Melbourne's tallest residential buildings. Melbourne City Council chose last week to show no...

Richmond's Doonside Precinct emerges as a new apartment hub

Once a stronghold for various industries, Richmond continues to evolve as a highly sought-after inner city apartment hub. While areas north and west of the Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre have seen intense levels of apartment development, the tract of land directly south of Victoria Gardens and east of Burnley Street is now set to continue the trend. Doonside Precinct has risen to prominence with a string of apartment developments poised to...

Urban Industry

Retirement is no barrier to apartment living

Ageing in place and housing shortage are the two biggest buzz words in property at the moment, with current reports suggesting that older generations are refusing to downsize, causing a shortage of housing for younger buyers. However, Marshall White Projects is in fact witnessing the opposite – now more than ever before we are seeing a substantial number of retirees buying up luxury apartments in order to fund their retirement lifestyle. In fact...

Getting to know Technè: profiling the dynamic design practice

Founded in 2002, Technè Architecture + Interior Design is a practice that has built an impressive portfolio across a broad section of project types. Although they have completed projects across hospitality, single and multi-residential, commercial, automotive and retail, they are probably best known for their work in hospitality on projects such as The Prahran Hotel, The Bridge Hotel, Terminus and Jimmy Grants. The name Technè comes from the...

Planning for a productive Chapel Street activity centre

Can vertical zoning save Chapel Street’s retail precinct? Stuart Marsland says no, but that’s okay. Responding to a downturn in retail activity along Melbourne’s famous Chapel Street, Stonnington Council will enforce ‘vertical zoning’ in new developments. Vertical zoning will lock developers into having the first three floors of new developments vacant for commercial use, unless they apply for a residential permit. While vertical zoning may...

Beller's Andrew Fawell on the Spring property market and prevailing trends

Urban Melbourne recently sat down with Beller Director, Andrew Fawell to discuss the state of play of the residential property market during spring. Andrew reignited the Beller name as the Director and Owner of the business in 1994 and set about growing and further developing the Beller brand. His insight and understanding of the property market and Beller's client base has seen the business develop into the multi-faceted inner-city real estate...

Visual Melbourne

Feeling at home next to the dome

A new piece of street art has been unveiled opposite Etihad Stadium that is in stark contrast to its drab surrounds. The poorly activated surrounds of Etihad Stadium has been given a boost with Melbourne developer Capital Alliance commissioning internationally recognised street artist Rone to create a mural overlooking the sporting venue. The result is a new 140sqm edifice adoring M Docklands , a new five star hotel and residential complex which...
Light projection by Victor Holder.

Thornbury and Preston light up for the Darebin Projection Festival

The junction marking Thornbury and Preston is set to light up this evening, celebrating a significant development set to happen in the area. A joint partnership between Creative Suburbs and the Darebin City Council, the festival is aimed to light up the area and switch on the minds of residents and visitors alike. Light projection by Victor Holder at Rainbow Serpent Festival 2015. On Friday 26th and Saturday 27th June from 6-11pm, the Thornbury...

Where else but Footscray!

Urban Melbourne has contributed many an article toward the seismic shift occuring within Footscray, there's a raft of large-scale apartment developments in the pipeline set to transform the area over the next decade. No less than 21 current apartment project listings for postcode 3011 are in the Urban Melbourne project database, with the sum of 4,900 plus apartments a distinct possibility. Even the likes of local stalwart Franco Cozzo has sought...

Past 2 Present: a snapshot of Melbourne's history

Such a simple idea that provides such an incisive look at Melbourne's history. Today's article is a shout-out to the increasing popular Past 2 Present which provides an impressive glimpse into Melbourne's past by comparing it to the present. Covering metropolitan Melbourne, Past 2 Present generates a side by side compilation of dated and current images from the past two centuries. Buildings, significant places, infrastructure and day to day...

Urban Affairs

Growing challenges are disrupting our old ways of getting around cities

Cities are complex systems. One visible artery of the city is traffic – the cluster of moving people and flowing goods – and mobility is critical for a city’s life. We should be concerned about voices pointing to disrupting forces on mobility, such as a Global Summit on Disrupting Mobility recently hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

What is Melbourne's metro? What could it be?

What is a metro? It's a good question and it has many answers. Not least because Australian rail systems don't neatly fit into categories like how people readily and easily classify rail networks in Asia, Europe and North America. Using terms like heavy rail, metro (or subway), light rail transit (LRT), bus rapid transit (BRT), tram (or streetcar) or bus network will generally be understood with little to no explanation and these generalist...

Bayswater next in line to see level crossing removals

It was announced this morning that the level crossings either side of Bayswater station at Scoresby Road and Mountain Highway are next in line to go. In a noticeable shift from previously unveiled grade separation and station designs, the method chosen to grade separate will involve partially lowering the rail line and partially raising Mountain Highway. A full rail under road grade removal will occur at Scoresby Road. Kevin Devlin, the CEO of...

Melbourne Metro Rail stations: more detail released & comment

The drip feed of information on the Melbourne Metro Rail project website continues, with a recent update featuring an interactive map to be used for consultation purposes, along with brochures providing increasing detail about each station and portal precinct. Perhaps one of the most important parts of the placement of a station on a rail line is how and where users will access the underground structures. The brochures now display proposed...
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Blog: Melburnist's braindump

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 14:00
There's been a fair bit of level crossing removal spin in the mainstream media this week, with terms like 'skytrains' and the State opposition taking an apparent position on the 'best' method of grade separating level crossings. The 'best' solution for each grade separation project depends on many different factors...

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